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Greener Packaging for Liquids
UK-based GreenBottle has developed a greener method of
packaging, which is a viable alternative to plastic and plastic
laminated cardboard containers. GreenBottles have an outer
shell made from recycled paper and an inner protective liner that acts as a barrier to liquids. The great thing is that
GreenBottles use significantly less plastic than other methods of bottling, use about 33% less energy to make than
plastic containers, have a carbon footprint that’s 48% less than plastic, and reduce our overall consumption of oil.
That’s a winning formula for the consumer, the manufacturer, and the environment.
Business between Business

Self-Service is the Future
Web-based Bizual is a new
For most companies, labor is the single largest
site that helps businesses expense item each month. Because of that,
do two things, bring in new
we’ve seen a number of ideas come to market
customers and find attractively
that decrease the amount of required labor by
priced deals. Basically, Bizual
encouraging customer self-service. Companies
is a business-to-business
like Giant Food encourage customers to scan
online exchange that helps
prices and bag products as they put items
organizations connect. To
in their shopping cart. A bar in Amsterdam
become part of their network,
further developed the self-serve concept by
Bizual requires that you create
stocking a series of mini-bars with different
a special offer only available to the members of Bizual. That might
include a special discount, free samples, or some other deal that’s
varieties of beverages. The customer signs
not available to the general public. Other members search out
out a key for a particular min-fridge and is
deals on products or services and then give feedback about each
responsible for what they consume at the
offer. Those items that are considered most popular are elevated
end of the evening. Fewer wait staff and less
to the top of the list, which should bring in additional sales.
time in the checkout line reduced demand for
Clearly, making a special offer particularly attractive can result in
additional staff. and
considerably more sales within this network.
 ThinkBusiness April 2009 
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